It was a festival of fire and beats. While Coachella‘s first day was full of viral moments and headlining performances, it’s getting the most news for what happened at the end of the night. Late in the night around 2am, an explosion ripped through the Coachella campsite area and caused a fire.
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The fire department was called and contained the fire. Reportedly the explosion took place in the mobile shower unit of the campsite, destroying 1 trailer and damaging another. The explosion was likely the propane used to heat the shower.
#CampIncident [UPDATE] 2:28 am – Fire Contained. Mobile Shower Unit in Lot 8 Storage Area. Total of 2 trailers involved. 1 damaged, 1 destroyed. No reported injuries to fire personnel or civilians. Fire crews will remain on scene for 1 hour for overhaul. #Coachella
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By Real EDM — 4 months ago
Troyboi shed light into what makes him so cool when we interviewed him.
TroyBoi might just be the coolest man in electronic music.
While his tall, tatted and designer adorned aesthetic could draw the ire of any model, Troyboi — real name Troy Henry — also boasts a reputation as one of the more exciting young producers in electronic music today. For years, the 30-year-old was most widely known for festival trap bangers like “O.G” and “Soundclash” in addition to high-profile collaborations with such bass music fixtures as Flosstradamus and Diplo.
In 2018, however, Troyboi has seen a career and popularity boom derived from a continued evolution in his music.
His self-branded “My Style” sound layers a wide blend of electronic, trap, hip-hop, and R&B into a process he calls “music manipulation.” “I like producing tracks using instruments or sounds that are quite obscure, but to make it sound pleasing to the ear,” says Troyboi, who reached out via email to talk about his latest release, Vibez, Vol.2. “For that reason, my music tends to stand out, the weirder the better.”
His use of these varying and unique styles has helped him cast a wide net among electronic music fans around the world, a notoriety that continues to spread via solo touring, festival performances, and high-profile cosigns from his peers. Last March, Troyboi found himself opening for Bassnectar’s Spring Gathering event in Chicago, and later supported longtime friends Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA on the Florida leg of their A Moment Apart tour.
Most recently, the UK-star has been touring in support of his latest project, V!BEZ. The tropical-themed album is split up into two parts (V!BEZ, Vol. 2 dropped this past November) but follows the same theme of seductive, tropical trap and R&B tracks. Fronted by catchy singles “Say Yeah” and “Destiny,” this latest release runs seven songs in length and is arguably Troyboi’s most polished work to date.
EDM’s most interesting man caught up with us this week to talk about his evolution on V!BEZ, Vol. 2, tattoos and more. Read on to see what he had to say.
EDM.com: First off, we love the look of your tattoos, in particular the Michael Jackson tatt on your forearm. Where/when did you get that? Is there a special meaning story behind it?
TroyBoi: I’ve been a huge fan of Michael Jackson for as long as I can remember. He was a big musical influence to me and when he died I was so heartbroken. I got the tattoos to show gratitude to him for the effect his music had and still has on me.
What were your musical influences growing up?
I listened to a lot of grime, garage, house, hip-hop and R&B. I especially loved 2000s hip-hop and R&B. Music from that era heavily inspired my music.
What inspired this tropical island theme on the V!BEZ projects?
The first V!BEZ cover was shot in Costa Rica in an infinity pool. The infinity pool represents endless ideas and possibilities in my music and I generally love scenic places, so I stuck with the concept for Vol. 2. I shot the cover for Vol. 2 in an incredible house in Ibiza with one of the most stunning infinity pool and views I have ever seen.
How important is the setting when making your music?
For me, I make the best music when I’m in great surroundings. It could be that I’m working at home, or creating music watching the sunset in an exotic location. The more unique the location, the more I’m inspired to paint an audio picture of my surroundings through my music.
How is the V!BEZ project different than your previous work?
It’s different because V!BEZ is my chance to just let my creativity run wild. I love to create a wide variety of music, so this is the perfect project to showcase that and introduce people to new ideas.
What’s your personal favorite song on the album(s)?
“Say Yeah” and “Drip.” They both feature my vocals which for me was a natural evolution of my work. I always sample my voice in a lot of my tracks but this time I wanted to give my vocals a little more focus to really solidify my signature stamp.
We most recently caught you at Suwannee Hulaween, which was a fun, vibey set that seemed to send everyone in the woods into a sexy dance party. The following day you played a city fest in Voodoo where you seemed to have a blast as well. How are city/camping festivals different for you preparation wise and do you have a preference?
I love both types of festivals. My preparation is the same, however I’m more aware of the crowd that may be present which can dictate which vibes I want to create in each set. Festivals in the forest feel more free and thus my track selections can be a little more experimental because the people are there to experience new things.
Your hip-hop taste is lauded by fans. Who are your favorite rappers?
So many to name, I’m a fan of Biggie [Smalls], Big Pun, Eminem, Kendrick [Lamar] and Drake. I like lyrics and flow, they all have the above.
You’ve described yourself as a music manipulation specialist. In your own words, what does that mean and how does it help make your music stand out?
I DJ, I perform, I entertain, but music production is my forte. I like producing tracks using instruments or sounds that are quite obscure, but to make it sound pleasing to the ear. For that reason, my music tends to stand out, the weirder the better.
***READ MORE HERE: TroyBoi Previews V!BEZ, Vol. 2 and Talks Tattoos, Rap, and More [Interview]
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By Real EDM — 1 month ago
SXM Festival: The Epitome Of What A Festival Can Be
To put it simply, SXM was the best festival that I’ve been to (needless to say I’ve been to almost all of the ‘big name festivals’ worldwide). It’s easy to tell why Saint Martin’s nickname is “The Friendly Island” as locals greet tourists with big smiles and helping hands. The art, music, and setting for this festival are truly astounding, as they meld together to create an experience that is near impossible to find anywhere else. The bottom line is: get your flights, book your villa, and start preparing for next year, because this festival is just about as good as it gets.
Skimming just feet above the heads of the sunburned tourists below, we jolted to a stop at the Princess Juliana International Airport in Saint Martin. After an awkward cheer from ‘those people’ on the plane, we departed onto the tarmac to check through customs. A fast-moving line and friendly customs agents welcomed us with smiles as we cruised through the security checks with ease.
A little background: Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm in the Caribbean’s recorded history, decimated Saint Martin and the surrounding archipelago in 2017. Due to the storm, the 2018 edition of SXM was cancelled and the SXM team focused on the rebuilding process of the island. With an estimated 95% of the buildings on the island getting damaged, and 60% being entirely uninhabitable, it’s remarkable that the island was able to recover in such a quick and effective way. Many of the locals we talked to praised the SXM team for their involvement with the recovery – a breath of fresh air to the typically contemptuous relationship that locals often share with large-scale festivals such as this.
We rented a car and headed over to our beautiful villa for the night. During our drive, the destruction from Irma was apparent, but not overwhelming. There were destroyed boats resting upon reefs, houses with roofs ripped off, and piles of rubble that we passed on our drive. Strangely, this destruction seemed to only add to the wonderful experience, instead of detracting from it. Most importantly, it didn’t affect any of the infrastructure that was needed to travel around the island. The juxtaposition of the utter chaos with the kind, loving, and determined locals filled my heart with a sense of genuine pride for the people I met.
One of the many great things about SXM is that the accommodations available are not only cheap, but also mind-blowingly gorgeous. Every villa that I visited on the trip looked like a billionaire’s dream house: multiple pools, marble counters and walls, and Doric columns poking out behind palm trees. For half the price of a four-star hotel in the US, I couldn’t help but think about what a steal these villas were. We made a hefty dinner preparing for the week ahead and watched the sun disappear behind the blue horizon. This was the first time that I realized the sunsets and sunrises on this island are some of the best in the world– truly indescribably stunning.
“Look at where we are, the beaches are beautiful, the people are happy, and the weather is perfect – everything is full of smiles on the friendly island.” – Mac, Junglebee Snorkel Tours
The first official day of the festival we decided to take off from music and explore all that the tropical paradise had to offer. One of the reasons that I think SXM is such a must-go festival is because of the striking location, which looks like it was ripped right out of a postcard. Perfect weather and wonderfully welcoming locals ensured that everywhere we traveled was a pleasant experience.
We took a snorkeling/sightseeing trip around the island, stopping at Creole Rock, Ilet de Pinel, and Maho Beach to name a few. The views were incomprehensibly beautiful. Schools of colorful tropical fish darted beneath our boat as we sipped piña coladas on the deck above. Truly, this was the first place I’ve been where the advertisements look less beautiful than reality.
Looking across the vibrant blue water, I asked our guide, Mac, why people should visit. He contemplated his answer for a minute then laughed to himself, “Look at where we are, the beaches are beautiful, the people are happy, and the weather is perfect – everything is full of smiles on the friendly island.”
On the third day we rose late with vicious sunburns. We took the day to stay away from the scolding UV rays. After a family dinner at the villa, we drove over to Lotus to see some of my most anticipated acts of the week perform. Getting there just in time for Sepp B2B Gescu, the first thing that struck me about this venue was how surprisingly proper everything was. The sound was crisp, the vibe was intimate, and the drinks were cheap. The two Romanian stars took the crowd on a wild journey through their signature sound – weaving complex textures over the top of deep grooves. Following an hour longer performance than programmed, the two relieved the decks to Lamache and Dana Ruh who quickly turned up the heat. Lamache is one of my personal favorite DJs and if you ever get the chance to see him, jump on the opportunity. Playing back to back with Dana restrained his set than I’ve seen before, but nonetheless these two tore the club apart. By the time the lights were flipped on, the entire dance floor was screaming for “one more song!”
After hearing so many great things about the jungle party from the 2017 edition of SXM, we hopped into our rental van and took a direct line to the FUSE jungle party. Situated within what is surely one of the most unique and dramatically gorgeous venues I’ve ever been to, this party was “hands up, heads down” from the moment we walked through the entryway. A dance floor with a massive wade pool greeted us at the Loterie Farm center. Private cabanas receding into the hillside, and a DJ booth built within a tree house stood firmly above the pool, cultivating an extremely unique vibe. Seb Zito, Archie Hamilton, and Enzo Siragusa tore the dance floor up – first individually, and then as a B2B2B trio. I’ve seen the FUSE guys countless times, but this party was absolutely perfect for their tech house-laden sound. Everywhere I looked, there were gorgeous people with massive smiles on their faces dancing hard. The fellow partygoers were as welcoming as the Saint Martin locals, and the staff at the events were extremely kind. If you’re heading to SXM for 2020, the jungle party is an absolute must.
On the fifth day I decided to check out the VIP villa party for a few hours before meeting back up with my friends. This is one of the few festivals that buying a VIP tickets truly makes sense. Whereas most festivals provide a VIP bathroom or lounges outside of the speaker’s dispersion area, SXM made sure that the VIP goers got their money’s worth. Situated on one of the most beautiful pieces of real estate I’ve ever seen, the VIP villa party provided some pleasant melodic techno overlooking one of those world-famous Caribbean sunsets. Filled with breathtaking moments, this villa party provided a perfect rest for the next few days of savagery.
After soaking up the sun for a few hours, I joined back up with my crew and drove over to Happy Bay. Being that it was my first time at the venue, I was absolutely in awe when I walked through the gate. The artwork was simply some of the best immersive art that I’ve seen. Built with material taken from the debris and rubble left behind by Irma, the main stage was adorned with palm-tree phoenixes (a symbolic gesture providing commentary on the festival’s rise from ashes), and insanely detailed projection mapping onto a monolith akin to the monolithic Moai of Easter Island. Venturing onto the beach, a neon walkway appeared that offered a creative pathway to the side-stage built from spiraling driftwood.
Not only was the art spectacular, but the food available from the vendors were phenomenal as well. Being a vegan, it’s usually very difficult for me to find food at festivals. The SXM team did a spectacular job sourcing a slew of vendors who provided nutritious and reasonably-priced options. The squash burgers were spectacular, and the smoothies available were nourishing and delicious. Hats off to the whole team for putting their superb food court together.
After taking the time to explore all of the art, I checked out Digby, who did a spectacular job with a growing crowd. Diving into breaks, minimal, electro, and house influences, it was easy to see why Digby has become one of the rising stars in the underground scene. Following Digby, DJ W!LD took over the decks pushing a more techy sound. Loaded with hip-hop and ’90s R&B samples, the veteran DJ did a superb job keeping the crowd interested but never making the vibe too cheesy. Up next was Sammy Dee, who offered one of my favorite sets of the weekend, offering a genre-bending set that is impossible to describe. The Perlon staple weaved intricate tracks together seamlessly and really set the tone for the rest of the evening. The Perlon vibes continued as Japanese minimalist Fumiya Tanaka, took the stage. There were glimmers of greatness, but some of the tracks were a little too experimental for my personal liking. That said, Tanaka had me dancing the whole time and did a wonderful job infusing jazzy elements to the minimal sound of the night.
Sonja Moonear saw a return to form, as she sucked the dance floor back in and got people into party mode. Her infectious smile and dance floor-oriented selection saw the crowd getting loose and wild with her at the helm. Highlighted by VID’s gorgeous edit of Everything But The Girl‘s “Wrong,” the mesmerizing set was programmed perfectly before Zip took over. The Perlon head honcho wasted absolutely no time getting to work as he picked track after track of ripping grooves that had that dance floor in frenzy through the sunrise. With Ricardo Villalobos popping in and out of the picture like a performance artist, the two icons looked almost cartoonish with the palm leaf-strewn terrarium inside the main stage. After a tough debut at SXM two years prior, Villalobos showed once again why he is considered one of the best in the world. Bouncing around without a care in the world, he dug through his record collection picking out gem after gem of deep, minimal grooves. I still have no idea how that man mixed so flawlessly with how much socializing he did behind the decks, but I suppose that is the mystery and awe that comes with any Villalobos performance.
Returning to Happy Bay after sundown, we found ourselves getting to the beach just in time for Apollonia and SIT. Popping between the venues, we first saw Apollonia in prime form as they bounced their way through 3 ½ hours of house rippers. Over at the Ocean Stage, built nearly entirely out of twisted driftwood, SIT, Digby, and Dewalta offered a master class on minimal grooves as they went B2B2B for over 5 hours. With an intimate crowd, there wasn’t much more a minimal lover such as myself could ask for. Mind-bending textures and deep, vicious grooves extended across the beach as partygoers danced just 50 feet from the Caribbean Ocean. DJ W!LD closed things out on the Ocean Stage with a similar set to his one the day before while Dubfire played a (personally surprising) impressive set of dark techno slammers. We headed home and unfortunately passed out before getting back to Lotus for Traumer, who supposedly kept the club open six hours longer than originally planned.
Most festivals have a slew of things that they could improve upon, but SXM carries itself like a veteran festival that has all of the kinks figured out. Though we didn’t get to check out all the venues and all the parties, every one that I went to was truly special in its own way. I genuinely can’t emphasize enough how much this is a must-go festival. If you’re smart, you’d be booking flights and planning for the the 2020 edition.
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By Real EDM — 1 year ago
Moon Boots ft. Black Gatsby- Power (Remixes)
Pete Dougherty, a.k.a Moon Boots, firmly arrived on the scene last year with his debut artist album First Landing. The album, released on Anjunadeep, was one of the more successful deep albums of the year with standout tracks like ‘I Need Your Attention’, ‘Keep The Faith’, and ‘Power’. Turns out that last song, ‘Power’, remains quite relevant. Today, the funk-house track sees two new remixes, one by Mylo and the other by Cratebug.
The original features powerful vocals from Black Gatsby blended over funk-driven chords and beats. It’s no wonder it’s one of the standouts from the album. The first remix, done by UK-based producer Mylo, stays on the funky path of the original. He uses retro-disco chords, with a groovy beat that’ll keep your feet moving throughout the track. Crazy enough, this is his first release in nearly seven years.
The second remix, done by Cratebug, goes in a bit of a different direction. Cratebug has done most of his work in the Chicago-underground techno scene. The underground producer takes this retro-vibe song and puts a dark, techno twist to it. Any afterhours party would go off to this techno-infused remix.
Check out the two new remixes below and if you feel like checking out the original along with the other wonderful tracks off First Landing, you can listen to them here.
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